And we’re back!

SpokenWord open mic au Chat Noir every Monday from 8th January 2018.
AWOL Writers’ Group at Shakes & Co every Sunday from 7th January. 

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday au Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
Some podcasts from Monday nights au Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Starts again 4th Sept. Then every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.

Check next week’s theme here

AWOL Writers’ Group – free!
6.30pm-8.30pm every Sunday at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield and Simon Millward. Description Join us afterwards for a drink.

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Daniel Wilner to Guest at SpokenWord February 26th–Monday’s Theme: Dreams

IMG_20180208_165447_1.jpgDaniel Wilner is a degenerate and a gentleman. Known as Uncle Lush, he comprises one half of the Brooklyn-based rap group Brotherz Grimm, and has performed at NYC open mics like the Nuyorican, The Art of Lyrics, and End of the Weak, as well as Paris Lit Up for the past year. He is a slang aficionado and battle rap manufacturer, ill drunken master of freestyling, and all around pretty nice guy.

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Carey Downer, Henry Rizk, Lorenzo Antoniucci to Guest at SpokenWord Paris February 19th–Monday’s Theme: Connection/Disconnection

The sketch, ”Luigi and the Sad-Eyed Lady” written by Nick Calderbank, features:

IMG_20180125_220801Carey Downer is a British/Canadian Actress with a wide range of experience in radio,theatre and music. She has worked with several companies on internal communication projects as a voice over artist for internal videos/ Management interviews and also in general advertising for companies such as l’Oreal and Bull. She is a founder member of “Break-a-leg”, an English language Theatre Association producing Comedies in Paris by writers such as Willy Russell, Noel Coward and Oscar Wilde. Nowadays, Carey very much enjoys performing and writing comic sketches on stage and in private soirees and writes short stories and plays for children. She is also often involved in staged play readings for “Moving Parts” and “Theatre Metropole”.

Henri Rizk is a French actor used to working in English and in Italian. He
was trained at the Theatre le Hangar in Toulouse and at a multidisciplinary Drama School in Paris where he had Valérie Antonijevich as a Drama teacher. He has worked with her on several Contemporary writings. Henri loves comedy and, in fact, his first acting experience was in Commedia dell’Arte play, he has also worked in vaudevilles of Labiche, in The Dragon (Evguéni Schwartz) and in some sketches for the screen. He also performs regularly in Theatrical tours in touristic areas of Paris.As well as comedic roles, he also likes performing more dramatic parts, as he did in many short films such as : a maffioso in Family Day (Jean-Charles Charavin), or a lonely man in Apparition (Denis Dobrovda) He has done many workshops with Nadine George’s Voice Studio International in London, thanks to which he met Laurent Courtin who directed him in Seneca’s Phedra.


Lorenzo Antoniucci is an Italian actor and writer. He worked with several companies on ancient Greek’s and modern-absurd theatre. In Paris he founded the theatre collective “Leonardo Da Vinci” with the American author, Jason F. Mc Gimsey. Nowadays he often performs as poet and actor at Paris’ Le Cabaret Populaire,  Culture Rapide.
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Marc Nair to Guest at SpokenWord Paris February 5th–Monday’s Theme: Plastic

sans-titre Marc NairMarc Nair is a poet and photographer from Singapore. His works bear witness to beauty, truth and hope. His latest collection is Intersection, a poetic and visual architecture of space and memory created together with artist Nicola Anthony. He has published seven volumes of poetry and is the co-founder and principal photographer of Mackerel, an online culture magazine. He is a recipient of the 2016 Young Artist Award. Marc is available for workshops, talks and spoken-word performance bookings both locally and overseas.

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Matthew Silver to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 29th–Monday’s Theme: Going in-Seine!

IMG_0787Matthew Silver is a performance artist from New York City who plays a “village idiot” character, acting as a “clown” and “trickster” in order to parody social norms.  He has been in several viral videos in which he performs his antics.

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Cecilia Knapp to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 22nd–Monday’s Theme: Bodies

image1 CeciliaCecilia Knapp is a British poet, play write and performer.  She has performed all over the UK and internationally. Commissions include the TATE Britain and the BBC and she has been featured in Vogue as one of the UK’s young poets to watch. Her first show “Finding Home” was recently published by Burning Eye Books and toured the U.K. extensively in 2017. She is working on her first novel and her debut collection comes out in 2018.
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Ed Bell to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 15th–Monday’s Theme: Betrayal

26829807_10159934096895014_103515330_oHost and editor at Paris Lit Up and pianist and mouth harpist for Idiot Waltz, Ed Bell has his ass between two chairs. Sprinkle theatrical ambitions into the mix, and you have a disaster musical waiting to happen. Ferociously juggling elements of melody, perception, rhythm, colouring, depth, nonchalance and the wrongs man hands on to man, the ensemble will resonate in your mind, like the echoes of footfalls in an immemorial past.

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James Berg to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 8th–Monday’s Theme: Stars

Berg PicDividing his time between the United States and France, James Berg performs as a poet, musician, and storyteller. He ‘poems’ on a vintage Brother typewriter in museums, galleries, and events as part of the collaborative, Poems While You Wait. His songwriting, also collaborative, has been produced by Americana folk/rock musicians and was included in Old Shoe’s Family, named by WXRT as Chicago’s best album of the year. James teaches college literature and writing courses. He’s finishing an MFA at Northwestern University. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are available at Shakespeare and Company and bookshop in Paris and elsewhere.

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Ryan Hamilton to Guest at SpokenWord Paris December 18th–Monday’s Theme: Love!–Don’t Hate

FullSizeRenderRyan Hamilton is a 24 year old poet, father to his son, Zayn, and student in West Virginia who believes in the power of love. His two books “A Real Love Story” (2012) “Let’s Change the World: The Misfit Kid” (2017) are proof of his dedication to writing and his desire to reach out to others that he might make a difference in this world. He has performed at poetry clubs, schools,on television, in malls, hotels, bookstores and book festivals Just five years ago he was selling his poetry in pamphlet-form to random people on the streets.”So, this is really important to me” he says. He hopes you will come join him this Monday at SpokenWord. Says Ryan, ”I can’t believe that now ,I’m actually getting the opportunity.

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Andrew Sweeny to Guest at SpokenWord Paris December 11th–Monday’s Theme: Duality

Born in 1971, Andrew is a Canadian born musician, writer, teacher, and poetic adventurer who has lived in the Paris area since 2003.  Andrew has released a couple of folk music albums in France and continues to be a prolific songwriter, performing in local Parisian cafes and cabarets. Critics have compared his lyrical songs to Leonard Cohen, and in the late 1990’s Cohen was his slum landlord in Montreal, where he performed with Rufus and Martha Wainwright, God Speed You Black emperor, and countless other greats.  Currently, he is turning his book on Leonard Cohen into a podcast. Following in the footsteps of Cohen Andrew is a literary songwriter and has a degree in  literature McGill University.  He has spent the last few years teaching at different Paris Universities, as well as writing and recording songs, poems, essays, and short stories.  His writing can be found on Medium  Twitter and Facebook.  He has also published essays for Elephant journal and poems for Sophia Imaginalis.Andrew Reading poetry at agora

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Guest poet on December 4th – Lisa Pasold

Theme: the corner pub

Lisa Pasold is a Canadian novelist, journalist and poet, who lives inParis. Her 2012 book of poetry, “Any Bright Horse” was shortlisted for Canada’s Governor General’s Award. In the course of research, Lisa has been thrown off a train in Belarus, has eaten the world’s best pigeon pie in Marrakech, and been cheated & gotten her winnings back (!!) in Venetian gambling halls.

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